Wednesday, January 26, 2011
NFC South 'All-Joes'
By Pat Yasinskas
USA Today has put out its annual All-Joe Team, which is supposed to recognize the common man.
But the guy at the most important position is far from common. He’s also from the NFC South.
The quarterback on the team is Josh Freeman and the premise is that he doesn’t get much attention nationally. But that’s going to change very quickly in the future, so Freeman better enjoy this honor while he’s got it.
Two NFC South receivers are on the team. New Orleans’ Marques Colston is there and that may be because his quiet demeanor doesn’t draw the attention that so many other receivers scream for. The other NFC South receiver is Tampa Bay rookie Mike Williams. Like Freeman, I wouldn’t expect Williams to be eligible for this team much longer.
Veteran Atlanta center Todd McClure is the only other NFC South player on the offense. Good call here. McClure never has been spectacular, but he’s anchored a pretty good Atlanta line the last few years.
On defense, Carolina end Charles Johnson made the team after producing 11.5 sacks. He’s joined by teammate Charles Godfrey at safety. The only other division player on the team is New Orleans safety Malcolm Jenkins. He’s another guy like Freeman and Williams, who isn’t going to be a regular on this team because Jenkins is on the verge of being a big-time player.